Tompkins County Public Library

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Library to Host Teen Movie Night

Teens and tweens are invited to celebrate the start of summer with a free showing of “Sherlock Holmes:  A Game of Shadows” June 28 at 5:15 p.m. in the Tompkins County Public Library’s BorgWarner Community Room.

Attendees will be treated to free popcorn and have the opportunity to learn about OWN THE NIGHT, TCPL’s summer reading program for teens, and other Library programming.

Movies have been selected with a teen audience in mind; however, parents are encouraged to review ratings of each movie prior to allowing their children to attend. The Library will not restrict admittance to films based on age.

For more information about this event or summer programming for Teens, contact the Youth Services Department at (607) 272-4557 extension 275.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Library to Offer "Dog Days" Program

Young readers will have an opportunity to practice their reading skills by sharing a story with a non-judgmental four-legged friend this summer as the Tompkins County Public Library hosts “Dog Days of Summer.”
Held each Wednesday, beginning at 2 p.m., from June 27 through August 22 in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room, “Dog Days” offers young readers an opportunity to practice their read-aloud skills by reading to a certified therapy dog.

These reading sessions are perfect for children--of all ages--looking to improve their reading skills. Many children who struggle with reading also have issues with self-esteem.  The “Dog Days” program allows them to work on both while learning to associate reading with something pleasant and enjoyable.

For more information or to register for a reading slot, contact the Youth Services Department at (607) 272-4557 extension 275.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Library Offers Summer Reading Programs

The Tompkins County Public Library will launch Summer Reading 2012 June 22 with free reading programs for infants, toddlers, elementary students and teens.

·READ TO ME! (ages 0 – 4):  recognizes the important role reading plays in early childhood development and encourages parents, parents-to-be and other caregivers to foster a love of reading at an early age.  Registrants who complete a Reading Bingo Card, featuring ideas on incorporating early literacy activities in their everyday routines, will receive a free book and chances to win gift certificates from local merchants. For more information, visit:

· DREAM BIG, READ:  offers registered readers in grades K through 5 who read six books throughout the summer the opportunity to receive a certificate of participation, book prizes and the chance to win raffle items.  Children can also post book reviews on the “Wild About Reading Book Blog” for additional chances to win.  For more information, or to register, visit the Library’s Youth Services Department or the Summer Reading website:

· OWN THE NIGHT:  invites tweens and teens to write book reviews and play OWN THE NIGHT Bingo for a chance to win fabulous prizes. For more information on the Teen Summer Reading Program, teen programming and great summer reads, visit:

In celebration of the start of summer reading, the Library is offering kick off activities for each of its three programs:

Caregivers and children ages birth through 4 are invited to enjoy an interactive storytime and learn about the Read To Me Summer Reading Program during the Read to Me Kick Off Storytime, June 25 at 2 p.m.  in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

The K-5 Summer Reading Celebration, June 23 from  2 to 3 p.m. will be a fun-filled event featuring a puppet show, music, games, crafts and more. This program is free and open to the public and will be held in the BorgWarner Community Room. 

Tweens and teens will enjoy a free showing of “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadowsand popcorn while learning about the reading program, prizes and events to be held at TCPL this summer during Teen Movie Night June 28 from 5:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room.

Attendees will have the opportunity to register for their respective summer reading programs during the kick off events.

For more information, contact the Youth Services Department at (607) 272-4557 extension 275 or 276.

TCPL’s 2012 Summer Reading Programs have been made possible by the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation with the support of M&T Bank, The Brooks Family Foundation and The Bradford Youth Endowment fund and by a grant from Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to the New York State Library, by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Library to Hold Teen Authorfest

Area tweens and teens are invited to spend a day with some of the Young Adult genre’s most talented authors June 16, as the Tompkins County Public Library hosts Teen Authorfest, a celebration of books and music, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Thaler/Howell and BorgWarner rooms.

Teen Authorfest will feature readings and signings by authors, music from New Roots jazz band, B├╝mph, a teen lounge, refreshments and opportunities to win prizes, including an iPad and Nook Tablet™. 

Featured authors are:
  • Jay Asher, a California-based writer, is the author of the much-heralded “Thirteen Reasons Why,” which touches on the timely topics of teen suicide and bullying, and the co-author of “The Future of Us.”
  • Madeleine George is the author of “Looks” and “The Difference Between You and Me.” Her candor and humor offer rare insight into issues like sexuality and self-image.
  •  Elisa Ludwig, whose debut novel, “Pretty Crooked,” has been lauded as “Robin Hood” meets “Pretty in Pink” and has earned her a spot on many up-and-coming author lists.
  •  Shawn Goodman, the lone local of Teen Authorfest, earned rave reviews among teen and adult readers alike for his emotional and enlightening novel, “Something Like Hope.”
All events associated with Teen Authorfest are free and open to the public.  The first 40 teens to arrive will receive a free book by one of the featured authors.

Teen Authorfest is made possible through a grant from the Bernard Carl and Shirley Rosen Library Fund of the Community Foundation of Tompkins County.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Library to Host Mystery Writer Kate Flora

The Tompkins County Public Library will host mystery and true crime author Kate Flora for a reading and signing of her latest book, “Redemption,” June 12 at 6 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room East.

Flora, an attorney by trade, is the author of eleven books, including the Thea Kozak mysteries, three Joe Burgess police procedurals and the much-acclaimed true crime, “Finding Amy.”   

“Redemption” is the third in the Joe Burgess series and explores the mystery surrounding the death of Burgess’ longtime friend and former Vietnam veteran Reggie Libby.

Copies of “Redemption” will be available for purchase at the event courtesy of Buffalo Street Books.

For more information, contact Carrie Wheeler-Carmenatty at (607) 272-4557 extension 248 or

Library to Host Stories in the Park

The Tompkins County Public Library is pleased to announce the return of its popular Stories in the Park program. 

Stories in the Park will be held each Tuesday from June 12 through August 28 from 11:30 a.m. to noon at the Dewitt Park Farmers Market.

Join library staff for stories, music and family fun, and stay for lunch and shopping at the Farmers Market.

While children of all ages are welcome, books and activities will be most appropriate for toddlers and pre-schoolers. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

In the event of rain or wet conditions, the program will be held in the Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

For more information, contact the Youth Services Department at (607) 272-4557 extension 275.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Library to Host Family Science Program

The Tompkins County Public Library and Cornell's Center for Materials Research will host Families Learning Science Together: Marvelous Magnets, June 9 from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

Families are invited to explore magnetism through a variety of activities, including:  reviewing
the basic principles of magnetism, discovering how digital electronics store information in binary and communicating messages with magnets the way a computer hard drive does.

Families Learning Science Together is a free program designed to help children develop an early love of science through hands-on participation.   These programs are free and open to the public; however, space is limited. To register, contact Kaleigh at or (607) 255-9547.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Library to Host Cornell Hall of Famer for Reading and Signing

The Tompkins County Public Library and the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation will host second generation Cornell Football Hall of Famer Joseph H. Holland for a reading and signing of "From Harlem with Love: An Ivy Leaguer's Inner City Odyssey," June 7 at 6 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room.

An eloquent and enlightening look at Harlem’s history, from the days of the Iroquois through the Obama-era economic recession, “From Harlem With Love,” chronicles Holland’s efforts—inspired by Cornell coursework—to revitalize and rebuild Harlem.

Holland, a 1978 Cornell graduate,  is the son of legendary Big Red football star Jerome “Brud” Holland whom he emulated on and off the field.  It was his father who encouraged him not to pursue an NFL career, but something more meaningful—resulting in a law degree from Harvard and a legacy of giving back.

As Founder of the HARK Foundation (Harlem's Ark of Freedom), Holland created job opportunities, developed housing and empowered Harlem residents to invest in themselves by battling the blight of homelessness and drug dealing that was consuming the community.

Holland’s Library reading and signing is free and open to the public.  Copies of “From Harlem With Love” will be available to purchase at the event courtesy of Buffalo Street Books.

For more information, contact Carrie Wheeler-Carmenatty at (607) 272-4557 extension 248 or

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Library to Feature Declaration of Independence in New Exhibit

The Tompkins County Public Library, in partnership with Cornell University Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, has announced the installation of “Politics in Print:  Treasures from the Walker Library of the History of Human Imagination.”

This exhibit, on display through October 1, includes an anastatic facsimile of the Declaration of Independence—one of only two known copies to employ this method of duplication.

The exhibit is being held in conjunction with the Cornell Library’s Alumni Reunion exhibition “Treasures from the Walker Library of History of the Human Imagination,” which runs from June 7 through October at Kroch Library.

Cornell alumni Jay Walker (’77) and his wife, Eileen (’76 ’78), house the 3,600 square-feet “Walker Library . . .” in their Ridgefield, Connecticut home.  The private library contains more than 50,000 volumes, including landmark books and museum-quality artifacts.  Walker is the founder of

Jay Walker will discuss his collection and the anastatic process used in the duplication of the Declaration of Independence during a presentation at TCPL this fall.  Additional items from the Walker Museum will be on display at Cornell’s Day Hall, the Johnson Museum of Art and Mann Library.

For more information, contact Sally Grubb at 607 272-4557 ext 232, email or visit our website at

Friday, June 1, 2012

Library to Host Gallery Night Graffiti Painting

The Tompkins County Public Library will celebrate Downtown Ithaca Gallery Night and the Ithaca Festival June 1 with the painting of urban street art along the Creek Walk behind the Library.

Local graffiti artists Jay Stooks and Jay Potter—with the support of a Sustainable Tompkins Mini-Grant-- will mobilize local artists in the painting of a 48 foot long, community-based mural, created on boards hung along the street walk.  Painting of the mural will be well underway by the 5 p.m. start of Gallery Night and is expected to be completed by Gallery Night’s 8 p.m. conclusion.

To add to the excitement of the evening, three local bands will perform during the creation of the mural.  Fall Creek Folk, Dance Sylvania and Uncle Joe and the Rosebud Ramblers will all provide entertainment during the three-hour Gallery Night event.

For more information. contact Sally Grubb at (607) 272-4557 extension 232 or